As I sit here at the keyboard and as I was just about to click “enter” and pop to one site or another in this cyber world, I was interrupted by darkness, then rain, and now thunder . . . got me to thinking about interruptions which we sometimes mistake as a curse when they are really blessings . . .
The neighbors have dogs which do not like this noisy weather and don’t understand it much . . . so I know right now, there are adults sitting in comfy chairs in living rooms with dogs in their laps . . . the dogs shaking in fear until the human speaks in soft tones. I know they likely had other things to do, but somehow the image of a stormy day and providing comfort to a creature that only knows how to love us seems a blessing to me . . .
A friend from church has a small boy. He’s just a year old and just started to walk. It excites her to see this and also reminds her that he’s growing up so fast . . . there was a message a little while back, not so long ago, of a day when he was extra clingy. She spent a great deal of time that day just cuddling him . . . she had so much else to do that day, and yet I know what she spent her time doing blessed her . . .
There was a little girl in my life some years back . . . we were taking a walk. It was a walk with a purpose. It was hot and we didn’t have a car that day and we needed to get to the store. She stopped. I prodded her to “come along now” and turned to see that she’d stopped to poke at some weeds. I was about to tell her to leave that mess alone when she turned to me with love in her eyes and said “flowers for you Aunt Martha.” I had those treasured “flowers” in my room for a long time after they’d gone limp and then dry . . . I now carry the memory . . . and it blesses me still.
It is positively pouring out just now. I remember a time I was heading from the subway to a college I wanted to attend. I was required to be interviewed before I could be officially accepted. I didn’t listen to the forecast that day and thus as I rushed up the street just two blocks from the school and the registrar’s office, I got soaked by a sudden rain and realized I had no umbrella. I was shocked, felt stupid, and was sure the interview would go badly, but then I realized that I was beyond the point of doing anything to change my circumstance and started to laugh! The rain stopped as I headed into a public restroom and dried my hair using the hand blower. I was distracted by all that and forgot to be uneasy over my interview. I got accepted probably because the rain made me forget to be afraid I’d fail.
So, rain on! I didn’t really want to go out and run errands. They can wait. I shall curl up in my recliner with a good book. We have enough bread and milk to wait another day or two.
Life is full of unexpected blessings! Embrace them!